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Setting up a budget Home Gym

Jo Williams provides some ideas for setting up a home gym without spending too much money.

If you want to be sure you can get a good workout in every day, setting up a gym right in your home is a perfect solution, especially if you have a work schedule that varies or if you are too busy to find time to head to the gym and get all of your other daily chores done as well. With a gym at home, you can exercise at any time of the day (or night, for that matter) and get bigger muscles and a thinner frame. And with plenty of sports equipment to choose from within all price brackets, building a home gym has never been more affordable.

Keep It Simple with Basic Workout Gear

There is no need to purchase expensive weight machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes when you can use your body's weight as resistance and still get a great cardiovascular, fat-burning, and muscle-building workout. Basic workout items you can purchase in stores and online include small dumbbells, resistance bands, yoga mats, and exercise balls, among others. Visit Gumtree to find great deals locally on the home gym accessories you need to get an intense workout. Then focus on yoga postures, basic weight training routines that work your entire body with low weights, and plenty of repetitions and stretches that will prevent injuries and muscle soreness. And do not forget your crunches and push-ups!

A Private Space with a Mirror

Two other essentials when it comes to creating a home gym: a room you can call yours with plenty of privacy and a full-length mirror to watch your form. If you can set aside a dedicated exercise room in your home, you want it to be free from distractions. You should be able to close the door, turn on your favourite workout DVD, or play some music so that you can shut off the rest of the world and focus on yourself for just a little while every day. Make sure your space has a mirror so that you can be sure you are executing each movement with the proper alignment and form. This will prevent injuries and ensure you get the best results.

Splurging on Expensive Equipment

No one says you cannot splurge on expensive gym equipment, but if you are trying to meet a strict budget and want to avoid spending too much of your hard-earned money on your home gym, choose a machine that will allow you to do multiple exercises. A traditional treadmill may be great if you want to walk or jog, but that is about all that you will be able to do with it. Instead, when looking for affordable sports equipment, look for units that will work multiple parts of the body, from your legs to your shoulders. A machine that will allow you to have one piece of equipment that will target every muscle group will also help you save space if you do not have a lot of room in your home gym.

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About the Author

Jo Williamson was a personal trainer and Yoga instructor for nearly a decade. She works as a freelance consultant helping businesses and individuals set up health clubs and gyms.